Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blah, Blah, Blah...

Although spring really hasn't arrived in my yard yet, still loads of snow that just seems like it's never going to go away, I am being hopeful and starting to plan things for the garden.  We all know I am hopeless with plans yet I continue to make them...!!! One of these days I will accomplish some of these garden goals.

Savannah and I are still adapting to one another, some days better than others.  I have never seen a kitty with so much energy and oh what trouble she gets into!!!  Truly the terrible two's!!!  Let's see, she chews on all manner of wires (big worry there), gets into bags of yarn, bats anything batable around the house and has silly hour at the oddest times!  She moves so fast I am really afraid she is going to crash into a wall one of these days! Still bites but not as often and does let me pick her up a little more frequently for longer periods before she begins the squiggle thing.  How mom's of children in the terrible twos survive is beyond my capacity of understanding and I give them huge credit points!!! :D

Still slowly adding things to my etsy site but it is slow, slow, slow going - and selling!!!  I had hoped to at least make enough to pay our taxes this year but that is not looking like it's going to happen unless my guardian angel comes to my aid but I wouldn't presume to ask...!

Now that I have gotten rid of all of my painting, book arts, collage and mixed media supplies (well almost) I find I don't need the white cubical wall unit pieces I purchased last summer!!! Sheesh!!!  I'm not even going to think about trying to sell those pieces, I'm just giving them to a girlfriend that is just beginning the process of organizing her studio.  You all would shriek in horror if I told you how much stuff I have just thrown in the garbage!!!  I'm just too pooped to do all the work involved in listing things!

Well, that's me for now!  I hope spring is being good to those of you further south or west of New England and that you all are having creative fun time!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

A New Girl in Town


Hi Everyone, just wanted to introduce Savannah our new kitty.

A little blurry because she is a kitty with overdrive!!!  Ahhh, kitten hood!

Savannah helping Mom getting stuff ready for my sale!!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Sale Update

Etsy shop: The Whimsical Dowager


Hi Everyone!!! Very quickly, I have had quite a few requests regarding my sale and the no International sales.  Honestly, I just figured with the crazy shipping costs we all are currently facing that International buyers wouldn't be interested due to the shipping.  I have given this a lot of thought and decided it isn't fair to exclude so many of my blogging sisters who are clearly interested in some of my STUFF so I am going to have International shipping available on my Etsy site!!!  I would say the best way to purchase is to have me Reserve List for you if you are interested in more than one item so it can go in one package and at one shipping fee.

I have been assessing everything that I am going to be selling off and it is going to take me quite a while to get everything listed so what I may do first is to list specific items with the price here on my blog so if you are interested in setting up Reserve Listings we can do it easier here first.

I would love to have feedback from you all here on my blog as to whether this is something you think you would be interested in.  I just want to get it all out of my studio as soon as I can.

Here is my first blog listing but please note that one of my lovely followers has first dibs on any of the following titles.  I emailed her this list this morning and am waiting to hear back.  I will keep you all posted.

Art/Craft Techniques DVD's :

 Exploring Fabric Collage by Lesley Riley

 Fundamentals of Painting with Michael Lang  $17.00

 Acrylics: Textures, Layers and Metallics with Jacqueline Sullivan

Collage Textures & Techniques with Claudine Hellmuth Collage: Textures and Techniques with Claudine Hellmuth $10.00

 Commanding Color with Sue Archer (unopened)  SOLD

COPIC MARKERS: $214.50 for 66 markers.  SOLD
The duplicates will sell as a separate group 6  for $18.00 - (approximately 1/2 my markers are Sketch and the other 1/2 are Ciao markers and all are brand new never used!!!)

Sorry to keep changing this listing but I have decided it would just be too much to sell off individual markers so the set is 66 markers with 6 duplicates selling the duplicates as a separate group of 6 markers. Duplicate markers are denoted by asterisk * after the marker number...

RV19, RV21*, RV25, RV29, RV34,

R24, R27, R29, R32, R37, R39, R46, R59

Y06, Y11, Y15, Y17, Y21, Y28, Y38,

YG03, YG06, YG17, YG23, YG63, YG67

YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, YR20, YR16, YR23, YR31,

G05, G17, G99*,

E11, E21, E25, E37*, E50, E51, E59,

BV00, BV02*, BV04, BV08*, BV13, BV25, BV29,

V07, V09, V12, V17

B21, B24, B29*, B32, B34, B39

BG10, BG09, BG15,



PanPastels: $55.00  NEW PRICE:  $45.00
 PanPastels Set - never opened set of 20 colors + 2 extra I purchased earlier in colors Turquoise Shade and Diarylide Yellow Shade - (boxed set of 20 includes: titanium white, orange, violet, phthalo green, burnt sienna, hansa yellow, permanent red, ultramarine blue, permanent green raw umber, diarylide yellow, red iron oxide, phthalo blue, chromium oxide green, black, yellow ochre, magenta, turquoise, bright yellow green, neutral grey).

Prisma Colored Pencil Set Of 72:  $45.00  SOLD (99.9% brand new - used a couple of colors, once)

Thank you for bearing with me as I work at selling off the paper arts side of my studio.  I will try to post some fun and more interesting things in between the pricing list posts!!!
Hugs to you all...

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Huge Studio Spring Cleaning/Destash...


A quick post to let everyone know that I am making a huge change in my crafting life.  I am ridding my studio of ALL of my paper arts supplies and tools.  I will be uploading everything mostly to my etsy shop and expect to start the sale by the end of this week, Friday February 27th.  I will continue uploading items until I have them all listed and the sale will continue until everything is sold or I see that it is not selling.

To be included in the sale: (Note: almost all of the items for sale are completely new/never used.  I sold off things a couple of years ago and then replaced them all... I know, duh! However, haven't used the new stuff so it is going). If you are interested in something I have listed below you can contact me via email and I can put up a Reserve Listing in my Etsy shop for you; just let me know. Please only serious interests as I want to get all of this out of my studio by early spring so I can begin setting up my weaving and quilting studio (early spring for those of us in New Hampshire is late April).

Apologies to my International friends but shipping fees are so crazy out of control I will be unable to sell Internationally.

Some of the Items Going up for Sale:
  • Anna Griffin Cuttlebug Die cut machine
  • Extension plates for above
  • Embossing machine 
  • Loads of embossing folders
  • Lots and lots of fancy dies 
  • All of my rubber stamps 
  • Ink pads
  • Soldering set up for jewelry making
  • Sheet Copper for jewelry making
  • Cinch binding machine + binding wires
  • Cricut Explore machine
  • Handmade flower press with all pressed flowers
  • Lots of  6x6 scrapbook paper pads
  • Bow-it-all machine
  • All kinds of embellishments (paper flowers, flat-back pearls and bling, charms, vintage key replicas, tons of ribbon, small resin cameos and resin flowers...)
  • Fancy paper napkins for collage work
  • Book binding supplies: needles, hole punch, waxed Irish thread...
  • All of my knitting needles
  • All of my knitting books
  • All of my crafting books - mixed media; book arts; soap making; card making; calligraphy... all to be reasonably priced from $2.50 to $15.00 plus shipping
  • Cellophane protective card sleeves; bookmark sleeves; card envelopes
  • Calligraphy nibs
  • Pan Pastels
  • Watercolors
  • Watercolor brushes
  • Watercolor paper - Fabriano 140# hot press
  • Drawing pads and drawing pencils
  • Adjustable Rectangle Loom - adjusts from 12"; 2.5'; 3'; 5' 
  • Acrylic paints both used tubes/bottles and brand new tubes/bottles - probably will sell as a lot
  • Colored pencils - will be sold off as a lot
  • All of my Copic markers - will be sold off as a lot
  • Fancy shaped glass bottles
  • Ephemera - old dictionaries; old book covers to use in book making; old stamps; other
  • Leather cord for making bracelets
  • Leather embossing tools (can also be used for metal)
  • Metal embossing tools - full alphabet and numbers; misc. shapes
  • Scrap leather pieces for jewelry making
  • Fine Italian leather for book covers - several colors
  • Back Issues of : Somerset Apprentice; Somerset Memories; Altered Couture; Belle Armoire; Somerset Studio and more
  • Jewelry making supplies: scrabble tiles; dominos; glass rectangles and 1" glass squares; copper tape; silver tape
  • Old National Geographics great for collage work ( I have well over 150 issues) Will probably sell 15 for $1.00 plus shipping
  • Many DVD classes: Mixed media; Watercolor; Painting; Knitting; Spinning; Dyeing...
  • Transfer paper, shrinky dink, vellum sheets
  • Air dry clay
I'm sure there is more but this is a solid start.  Remember, if you are interested in something specific I have listed let me know and I will set up a Reserve Listing for you in my Etsy shop.  Please only serious buyers!